Spanish 4 Final

I was looking for something that would challenge my seniors to think deeply and use the best language they can to apply language arts style thought to their presentational writing when I found this on Pinterest:

I used her ideas as a template and created a Spanish language version that focuses on what they need to do to reach higher levels of proficiency! 

I made this example and they went to work today!  

They will receive 3 grades on this exam.  Presentational writing, presentational speaking when they present their character to the class, and interpersonal speaking when they ask and answer questions about other students’ presentations!  Intermediate level students “can ask and answer questions on a variety of topics” so they have to prove they meet that expectation!!

Here is my example!  I’ll share theirs next week!  


The exam went so well on day one!  Students had to give the class a 2-3 minute summary of the conflicts their character faced and the ways their character changed and then classmates asked 3-5 follow up questions.  (Each student had to ask at least 3 different people 3 different questions). This part was my favorite because I love seeing the class come up with these insightful things to ask (and they are having a real conversation!!)


Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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